With Opposites, we show a different - opposite - side of Belgian artists as they let us in their personal bubble and showcase five of their favorite tracks, completely opposite of what they’re known for.
"Apart from the soulful, hip hop inspired sound most people will know me by, I have always had a deep fascination with dark, melancholic electronic music in all its forms. In some way it even inspires my own productions, as contradictory as that may sound. Here are some of my favorite obscure tunes."
Various Production - Today
"In 2006, the year I went to university and moved in with some friends in Leuven, I started exchanging tons of music with the guys I was living with. When one of them randomly bought ‘The World Is Gone’ - Various Production’s debut album – we instantly became obsessed with it. This record combines mysterious female vocals, heavy grime beats and traditional British folk. A very weird combo indeed, and the sketchy artwork makes the whole project even more intriguing."
Xela - Afraid Of Monsters
"Around the same time, during the exam period, me and my housemates would go study at a local library. This library had a big and diverse CD collection that we would dig into. Everyday, we’d randomly pick out CDs that looked cool to us and loaded them into our laptops. This is how I discovered Xela, an obscure British artist who has developed some kind of horror-inspired, eerie, experimental sound. The opening track of his ‘For Frosty Winters And Summer Nights’ album has been a favourite ever since."
Apparat - Limelight
"This is a song that literally takes my breath away - time and time again. I consciously don’t listen to it too much, afraid that I will get tired of its beauty. The production is absolutely nuts too. I was lucky enough to catch Apparat DJing at Silo in Leuven right before the club was shut down. Obviously, he killed it!"
Zomby - White Smoke
"A couple of years ago, I was sharing the lineup with Zomby during an event in Het Depot. After the gig (yes, he actually showed up) I bumped into him backstage and for some reason he started shouting at me like a mad man. Although I can tell you he’s the biggest prick to roam this planet, strangely enough, I still love his music. Especially ‘White Smoke’."
Sorrow - Never Too Far
"A more recent discovery of mine is a producer named Sorrow. Ever since Burial started that 'organic-2-step-ambient' sound I’ve been a big fan of it. This tune called ‘Never Too Far’ is one of my absolute favorites in the genre. The chopped up vocals are heavenly and the drums super bouncy. I’ve made some ‘future garage’ - or whatever you want to call it - tracks myself the past couple of years and will probably release them sometime soon."